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You Get What You Pay For ..

April 19th, 2016 at 06:54 pm

So a few weeks ago I bought a Groupon for 3 mani/pedi's from the local beauty school. 3 of them for about 35% of the price at a regular place.

Today I had my first 1/2 of the mani/pedi - the manicure. The girl was very nice and friendly and really tried hard. But ... part of the reason I was going for someone else to do my nails, was to have my cuticles taken care of .. and other than pushing them back, she did nothing with them.

It was a very basic manicure, one that I could have pretty easily replicated on my own. (I don't do my cuticles, have had one too many oops doing them myself.) Still, it did turn out looking nice, just not quite what I was expecting.

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After I was done, I headed to Walmart. I bought 6 bottles of Welch's Sparkling Grape Juice for toasting, a variety of teas for the reception, a combination photo album/signature book *$9!* for the guest book, some fake flowers to put in the teapot we were given for our sweetheart table centerpiece, and some other miscellaneous items. Spent nearly $100!

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I didn't realize that cutting fake flower stems was so difficult ... I'd bought one of those styrofoam disc things to put them into, and to put into the teapot. The flat round ball was too big ... so I had to cut it down.

Then I tried cutting the stem of the longest flower with a pair of scissors. Nope. Wasn't happening. Finally got it "cut" with a knife.

I'd planned on cutting ALL of them down so they'd be more even with the top of the teapot. But after my first attempt, decided to try without cutting. They look okay, but I'm hoping to figure out what I need to use to cut them!

Wire cutters?

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I don't think I'm going to manage to get my apartment very clean before Friday. I had been thinking of having the CA contingent eat lunch here on Saturday ...but, yeah, no. Maybe I'll let them come in long enough to meet Kari. Otherwise, we can eat the the cafeteria on the local SDA college campus. My grandma would really like that. Smile (That's what we do when I visit her in CA.)

Only two more days of work! (Well, the paying kind of work at least.)

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I paid off the cake today, and the table/linen delivery people also.

*Note to self - have a $5 bill to give to cake people on Sunday (the lady charged me $5 less than she was supposed to, so I told her I'd give them $5 on Sunday.)

Most of what expenses are left now will be paying the bed and breakfast fees (she's not charging anything until all is said and done - will probably be the $245 fee, plus two room rentals since one couple isn't coming that we'd planned on.) The makeup fee. (Hair is already paid in full.) The other half of the photography fee (but he doesn't want that until he gives us the photos.) Then probably 3 meals out with varying groups of people - two times with the CA contingency, and once with the TX/OH group.

I do still need to get the salad fixings for Saturday night, pay for the pizza, buy the ice cream and rootbeer ... and ?? That may be it.

I think I've decided to not do programs. Is that bad? I'd kind of put together one, but every time I'm out somewhere I might get paper for it, I keep forgetting it. Maybe Thursday when I get the salad stuff, if I see some for a good deal that I like ..

I haven't been keeping perfect track of all wedding related expenses, but I think we are on track to come in under $3500, even with the eating out group expenses (which I hadn't put in my budget plan at first.) That isn't including the honeymoon. Smile Although that I don't think should come in much more than $1k, if that.

8 Responses to “You Get What You Pay For ..”

  1. Kiki Says:

    I have some fake flowers with the wire and i just bend them to be the length i wanted since the ends were hidden and i didnt have wire cutters.

    Have wonderful weekend and ceremony and beginning of your new life together!

  2. creditcardfree Says:

    I was going to suggest bending too. But yes, wire cutters are usually the way to go. Sometime pliers have a cutting edge, if you have that kind of thing.

    Yes, it is okay to skip programs, although I do like to know who is who and what song is being played...ect. But it might be a good thing to keep that off, more focus on the ceremony at hand! Smile

  3. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Thanks ladies. Smile I tried bending the stems this morning, and it seemed to work. Now to see if they stay in the teapot like that! Smile I asked Mr FT if he has wire cutters or something similar - he thinks he might. If so, then I will be using them. Smile

  4. pjmama Says:

    If you bend them back and forth a few times usually the wire will snap (if the stems aren't *too* thick) - but wirecutters are definitely your best bet Smile We didn't do programs and nobody seemed to care much at all. Just another thing to not have to think about!

  5. CB in the City Says:

    I don't think programs are at all necessary, especially since you are having a small wedding. And yes, wirecutters would help out a lot!

  6. VS_ozgirl Says:

    I hope your day is so wonderful and gives you many beautiful memories to come, wishing you all the best Smile

  7. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Thank you all. Smile

  8. My English Castle Says:

    With a pretty small wedding like yours, I think you're fine without the programs. It wouldn't take too long though to print something up with a nice font?

    We'll all be thinking of you!

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